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Our Favorite Men’s Swim Trunks Reviewed in 2019

last updated Apr 09, 2019
If you thought that fashion at the pool or the beach is only for the ladies, think again. These days, the options that men have available range from stylish and sleek to hip and trendy with practical elements that work for surfing, swimming, or other fun water sports. Designers are thinking about men's wear in a more intricate way and providing options that have quirkiness and attractiveness along with coverage and support. Garments that are going to work well in the water with fabrics that will dry off fast and lay nice on the boat or hitting the volleyball on the sand. Men now have many options to choose from that suite their styles, sensibilities, and use. Guys can upgrade their swim attire easily with any of the trunks we included on our list. When we evaluated all the designs and brands, we did so with fit, style, and use.

In a Hurry? The test winner after 16 hrs of research

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Speedo
98/100 our score
Fit
96
Style
99
Use
99
Speedo
Why is it better?

100% Polyester

Mid-length water-short featuring a drawstring waist

Full mesh lining, and side cargo pockets with embroidered logo

Trademarked "vapor plus" fabric for quicker drying and long lasting durability

Constructed with UV Block the Burn UPF 50+ protective fabric

Lightweight and dries quickly

Length: 20-inch outseam

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Test Winner: Speedo
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#1
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
98
Fit
96%
Style
99%
Use
99%
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$21.00
#2
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
97.7
Fit
99%
Style
98%
Use
96%
Price Comparison Last Updated (20.04.19)
$32.99
#3
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
97
Fit
97%
Style
98%
Use
96%
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$14.86
#4
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
96.3
Fit
99%
Style
95%
Use
95%
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$39.50
$45.00
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#5
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
95
Fit
96%
Style
96%
Use
93%
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$38.46
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$40.00
#6
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.7
Fit
94%
Style
90%
Use
91%
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$21.46
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$29.31
$30.00
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#7
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.3
Fit
92%
Style
95%
Use
87%
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$16.99
#8
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
88
Fit
88%
Style
84%
Use
92%
Price Comparison Last Updated (20.04.19)
$27.60
#9
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
86.3
Fit
91%
Style
85%
Use
83%
Price Comparison Last Updated (20.04.19)
$30.99
#10
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
85.3
Fit
89%
Style
84%
Use
83%
Price Comparison Last Updated (20.04.19)
$35.10
In Depth Review Top 10
  • Speedo
  • O'Neill
  • Kanu
  • Quiksilver
  • Hurley
  • Columbia
  • US Apparel
  • Polo Ralph Lauren
  • Nautica
  • Hugo Boss
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Our Favorite Men's Swim Trunks

1. Speedo

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
98
Speedo
Fit
96
Style
99
Use
99
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$21.00
Pros:

100% Polyester

Mid-length water-short featuring a drawstring waist

Full mesh lining, and side cargo pockets with embroidered logo

Trademarked "vapor plus" fabric for quicker drying and long lasting durability

Constructed with UV Block the Burn UPF 50+ protective fabric

Lightweight and dries quickly

Length: 20-inch outseam

Cons:

Runs small, wear a size up

Minimal adjustment built-in

Speedo known for its competition swim garments makes this nice off-season or casual garment that can be more widely used by a larger audience. This board short is light and has a built-in UPF 50+for ultimate protection from harmful sun rays.

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Nice Aesthetic

The enhanced fabrics are put together with a stylish design. The patterns are fun and hip. the color combinations and patterns are fun and attractive.

Fast Drying

The quick drying finish allows you to easily transition from the water to the beach or poolside with ease. Enjoy the rest of the night at your barbeque because this material will dry off and lay nicely when you are finished with your fun water play.

Cost and Value

The brand is a leader in manufacturing quality, performance swimming gear. These are priced well given the top quality brand reputation. A supportive lining and pockets built-in add extra storage and support.

2. O'Neill

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97.7
O'Neill
Fit
99
Style
98
Use
96
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Pros:

91% polyester

Stretchy

Plenty of movement

Waist stays on and won't slide off

21 outseam (total length) hits at or slightly below the knee on most men

Welded zip pocket

Cons:

Can be snug through leg and waist for some body types, check your measurements

O'Neill the popular surfing brand makes a nice stretchy short that allows maximum movement keeping you unrestricted during your water activities. These funky and attractive boardshorts have a comfortable fit that tends to run true-to-size.

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Stays Put

If you like to cannonball or dive into the pool, your first concern is if your shorts are going to stay up and not expose you to the world for all to see your glory. These have the stretchability for movement everywhere but the waist. The waistband is solid and will stay up so when you go for that jump you will enter the water clothed and come up for air still clothed.

Comfortable

These have a nice true to size fit with flex in the material making them feel good on and will allow you ease of movement. They have a soft feel and the notches in the waist keep them from slipping without irritating your skin. The pattern and fast drying ability help the look when you are out of the water to keep your personal areas private.

Cost and Value

This is a solid brand with a laid back surfer appeal. Nice colors and patterns along with pockets and flexibility where you want it but not where you don't, make these an excellent option for hot days relaxing in the water.

3. Kanu

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
97
Kanu
Fit
97
Style
98
Use
96
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$14.86
Pros:

100% Polyester

Elastic closure

Machine Wash

UPF 50+ quick-dry microfiber

Mesh lining

Triple needle side seams and rises

42 various color patterns and options

Cons:

No mesh liner

Pockets are small

Bold personalities and those who want to stick out will enjoy the vivid colors and patterns the surf shorts Kanu has to offer. This company makes active swimwear and a water-inspired lifestyle beach bums and those who live to play at the pool fall right in with these fun shorts.

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High-Quality Apparel

This company uses top-notch fabrics and they design functional active apparel for aqueous life that works for the entire family. The fabric is quick dry with a UPF rating of 50+. The 2 sided pockets give plenty of options for storage while some designs offer additional 1-2 extra cargo pockets. The triple needle stitching keeps these held together solidly and adds durability. The inseam is about 11 inches in length.

Fit

These shorts have a nice comfortable fit. The flexible and adjustable waistband allows you to tighten or loosen and have movement as needed to adjust for those extra pounds you may gain or lose. It fits softly to the skin. The length hits at the exact length that pretty much look universally good on most all male figures.

Cost and Value

The ton of design options, the comfortable and good looking fit, as well as the quality of the material that looks much more expensive than the actual price tag, make these shorts an absolute value.

4. Quiksilver

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
96.3
Quiksilver
Fit
99
Style
95
Use
95
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Pros:

100% Polyester

Hand Wash

2" high

14" wide

Boardshorts

Traceable recycled Supersuede

Regular fit

21" outseam

New short fly with gusset & drawcord

11 colors

Cons:

Fits small

Quality control with receiving the right order could be improved

A simple looking board short that comes in a wide breadth of bright colors. These have a good fit and they lay flat around the waist minimizing any bulk and offering a clean looking appeal.

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Look

The colors are bright but not obnoxious, there are also more low key colors that have just the right tone to fit most skin tones and compliment most complexions. The accent drawstring colors also add a bit of stylish appeal.

Great Fit

These will make all bodies look really good. Even if you haven't been hitting the gym as religiously as you would have liked before beach time has approached, these shorts will still give you a fit that will compliment your body in a positive way. If you have a rocking bod they look great and if you are a bit on the pudgy side the fit still looks appealing.

Cost and Value

The amazing fit alone that can suit literally most any body type may be enough for you to go out and try a pair regardless of the price. The good news is the price is moderate so you won't be gauged to get that nice looking, flattering fit.

5. Hurley

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
95
Hurley
Fit
96
Style
96
Use
93
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$38.46
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Pros:

100% Polyester

Regular fit sits on the hips and provides an over-the-knee design for added coverage

Polyester super suede material dries quickly

Front tie closure with EZ Fly

Right rear hook-and-loop flap pocket with eyelet drainage

Brand logo markings throughout

100% recycled polyester

Machine wash, line dry

Waist Measurement: 32 in Outseam: 21 in Inseam: 9 in Front Rise: 12 in Back Rise: 16 in Leg Opening: 21 in Product measurements were taken using size 32

37+ colors and patterns

Cons:

Runs small

Maybe short in the legs for some

Hurley is a top brand name for surfing and active swimwear. These shorts are soft and durable, with a nice feeling suede fabric that offers a good looking style and feel when worn.

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Features

These do not come with liners so if that is a built-in feature that tends to bother you, you won't have to worry about it with these shorts. That may need you to need to supplement with a pair of underwear but it can be a much more comfortable option for some. The waistband isn't elastic but they have a nice fit without bulk and they still function and feel well when wet. The ties aren't too thick and the construction materials are light but strong and durable.

Comfort

The area where your personal parts will have comfort protection built in the liner to protect from irritating rubbing. It also acts as an extra layer of protection should you have a slip with the ties being undone. The fit well without being overly form fitting or bulky allowing you to have a really nice clean look overall.

Cost and Value

Nice materials that dry exceptionally quickly and lay well on the body when wet and dry allow these to be flattering and comfortable to wear on most body types. The cost can be high but they are very durable and should last you through many swim seasons.

6. Columbia

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.7
Columbia
Fit
94
Style
90
Use
91
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Pros:

Textured poplin 100% Nylon

Made in the USA

Easy-fitting

Offer UV protection

100% textured nylon poplin

Quick Drying

Mesh brief and an elastic waistband with belt loops

UPF 50

Side pockets, a right leg pocket, and a rear zip pocket

Multiple waist sizes, two lengths, and different colors

Cons:

Run large

Colors can dull if left to dry too long in the sun

Rugged water short that has an easy and relaxed fit while still being durable and rugged, the Columbia short uses top quality materials and has multiple useful features built-in.

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Omni-Shade Sun Protection

Wearing water shorts most likely means you are engaging in fun outdoor activities near a lake, beach, pool, or river and the sun is going to be beating down. Keep your skin safe with the Omni-Shade technology that will block those harmful UVA and UVB rays. Help eliminate and prevent sun damage and painful burns to the skin. With tight weave construction, the yarn is actually UV absorbent and will block the full spectrum of detrimental sun exposure.

Multifunctional Design

The handy dandy pockets can offer you some extra storage options. These side pockets along with the right leg pocket, as well as a rear zip pocket provide plenty of extra space to securely store your most valuable a necessary items when you are out and about.

Cost and Value

A mid-priced option with a lot of storage features and quality materials that perform, this short is am attractive and comfortable value.

7. US Apparel

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.3
US Apparel
Fit
92
Style
95
Use
87
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Pros:

100% Microfiber

Drawstring closure

Machine washable on cold

regular US size

cargo pocket

Cons:

These are not board shorts

Run small

Patriotism, character and fun, US Apparel makes a fun short with an American flag design that will allow you to show your country's pride all summer long throughout all the barbeques and during the fireworks.

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Nice Look

These are comfortable and have tons of character. You can wear them out with a nice white button-down or for what they are used for, the water and still look rocking. They make a fun piece for conversation and a cute gift as well.

Construction

These aren't just a quirky look, they have a nice ee and tons of comfort on the skin. They offer flexibility and are stitched together in a durable fashion. They are light and breezy and the best part is they won't wrinkle!

Cost and Value

These are a unique pair of board shorts that work in the water or out and about at casual gatherings. They stay flat to the skin and wear well, priced well, they won't cost you much.

8. Polo Ralph Lauren

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
88
Polo Ralph Lauren
Fit
88
Style
84
Use
92
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$27.60
Pros:

100% Polyester

Elastic closure

Features four pockets including a back button pocket and front button key pocket

Drawstring closure

Loop detail on front left waistline

Interior lining for support

Includes signature embroidered pony logo

Funky tropical patterns

Cons:

Make sure you take your measurements as the fit is not universal

People can have strong opinions either loving them or hating them

Polo Ralph Lauren is known for fashion and these trunks are no exception. From bright plain colors to tropical patterns and prints in a trendy color palette make these a fashionable choice.

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Fashion

This is a fashion forward brand that allows for a quirky design scheme and on-trend color palettes. If you like to look good and make a statement, these will do it. For those who like to show off their love of a good label, the embossed logo will allow everyone to know who you are wearing.

Quality

The fit is pretty good for most. The materials also hold up. If you are going to buy for a specific pattern or look you want it to last. Even through multiple washings, the colors stay true to when you first buy them and don't fade too much at all.

Cost and Value

A high fashion label, these are going to be expensive. The good thing is that the logo will let people know where you spent your coin.

9. Nautica

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
86.3
Nautica
Fit
91
Style
85
Use
83
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Pros:

100% Nylon

Machine Wash

Solid swim trunk featuring an elasticized drawstring waist and rear patch pocket

On-seam hand pockets

Quick-dry fabric

Cons:

Fits smaller

Could use more support built-in

Nautica makes a comfortable fashionable short that has a simple and classic design. They offer storage with deep pockets sewn into the seam so they won't add bulk.

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Fit

A fashionable look that can work for any male's style. The material has a stiffness that allows for a structured look which is very appealing. It is unlike its softer counterparts which can be very unforgiving on various body types.

Construction

These have nice stitching and solid construction making them very durable. They have a nice length and the fit is pretty true to what you would normally wear. Finding your right size won't be hard as these are pretty spot on.

Cost and Value

For a high fashion name brand, the price is reasonable. The design would work for most men, especially those who like an understated trendy look.

10. Hugo Boss

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
85.3
Hugo Boss
Fit
89
Style
84
Use
83
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$35.10
Pros:

100% Polyester

9 solid colors

Drawstring closure

Machine Wash

Medium length, solid swim trunks

Logo on hem

Cons:

Fit small

Hugo Boss designs a light and comfortable swim trunk that has an elastic waistband for a comfortable fit in the torso.
These have a longer length leg which allows them to fit most men in just the right spot.

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Fabrics

The technical quick dry fabric makes these comfortable and practical to wear right out of the water or in high heat should you be getting your sweat on.

Features

The pockets on both sides allow for storage. The adjustable drawstring comes in with a pop of contrasting color on a monochrome design.

Cost and Value

For a popular, fashionable name brand, the price is about what you'd expect, it will be a bit pricier than the others. Those guys who like an understated trendy style will appreciate the pop of color with the solid colored scheme.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Fit

Length is one of the variables that can change the look of a pair of trunks. Most men are going to want the bottoms of their suit to hit approximately two inches above the knee as this tends to look the most appealing and the most flattering for most male body types. This also tends to be the most comfortable for both tall and shorter men as the coverage for their most sensitive areas have more support and have a lower likelihood that there are any slip-ups or suit "malfunctions."

The fit around the waist is another spot where the right fitting can make a big difference in the appearance of the garment and comfort. A waist that is too tight will not only be awkward and irritating to wear but the effect of squeezing around the waist is going to look unflattering. If you haven't quite chiseled yourself those washboard abs, the last thing you want is to have any excess on your body be accentuated. Additionally, with the summer, while you may be more active because of the longer days and warmer weather motivating you to go out and be on the move, it is also a time where we tend to go to more parties, vacations, and cookouts. What happens here is eating that can be less than dietetic and the biggest part of the leisure scene that can wreak havoc on our waistline, alcohol consumption. So, if you expect you are going to be going up and down during the summer in your weight because of these factors, having some room or flexibility to account for those fluctuations will allow you to have one pair of shorts that you will be able to comfortably wear throughout those fun summer months that will fit nicely with all the ups and downs you may experience. To account for this, drawstring and elastic waistbands are going to be your summertime BFF. When you are trying on your trunks, look for a waist that fits comfortably around your waist and lays flat without any added fringe or bulk for the best-looking appearance. Snap closures can be restricting and they may not offer you any give if you gain weight, they also may be too slack and slouchy if you lose the weight. Not to mention, god forbid, that you have too much to eat at a beer-b-q and your buttons snap. It could be very hard to try to get it closed again and sitting down is going to be pretty much out of the question.

The fit of the trunks you have can directly relate to how you feel about yourself with your appearance. When it comes to the summer months where we wear less, it is even more essential that the fit be just right so that you can look your most flattering for your body type.

Style

Designs and style of today offer many options for men, and every man has their own unique look that they can see through to the pool, lake, or beach. If you like to have a suit that will pair well on the boat or dock with a button down white shirt and then transition well into the water either darker colors or neutrals pair really well for these purposes. They are multi-purpose and multi-functional because they can look casual, trendy, and stylish, while still being relaxed and functional for purposes of water sports or simple swimming.

Prints may not be for every guy but big personalities could have fun with these. These two, though, can potentially blend well with a solid or neutral button-down shirt, polo shirt, or even a funny graphic t-shirt for a funky to the ultra trendy outfit that can be perfect for the right personality to pull off. Patterns and prints can be tricky though if you don't have a keen eye for what is stylish and what is just terrible. If you don't have that eye to pick out the right modish look, stick with the classics like strips or solid solid zigzags.

Aside from patterns or neutrals and dark colors, pastels and bright vibrant colors are being seen a lot today. If you are a person who likes to stand out but isn't to keen on a pattern style, perhaps a bold color choice could work for you. Look for colors that match best with your skin tone. Warmer tones look good with coral, olive, cream, and honey colors. Cool skin tones look good with violets, blues, lavender, grays, and rose tones. Neutral skin looks good with red, medium blues, jade, and whites. Everyone can generally pull off light pink, pure white, teal, and eggplant purple which all have just the right combination of warm and cool to compliment most anyone.

Use

The activities you intend to engage in that require swim trunks will dictate the type of trunks you'd want. If you are a competitive swimmer, for instance, compression wear that acts as a second skin and helps you streamline through the water is going to be what you are looking for. Competitors tend to use longer shorts to help better smooth out more of their body allowing for better cutting through the water.

If you are hitting the beach or pool for leisure, you can pretty much pick any type of trunk and may gravitate more towards a specific look, style, or pattern that appeals to you. The most fabric you are going to see will be quick dry and should lay well on the body.

Water sports or beach volleyball may want more full coverage options with extra built-in support to give control and comfort to those sensitive areas. Additionally, there are some features you may want to add more practicality into your shorts. Pockets for storage or a stretchy loop that you can attach your keys to can help you keep your important items on your person without worry that anything can fall out of your pockets during play or while in the water.

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Which suit is right for you

There are many suit designs available depending on your wants or needs. Be sure to consider all the factors when you are shopping for a suit. Are you hanging out at the beach and are looking for appearance only or are you in need of a suit for a particular activity in which function is more important than style?

Swim Wear Care

Proper care will assure your suit will last to it's full pontential. There are swimwear protector products available to use on your suit. You should always wash your suit after each use even if you do not go into the water. Ingredients from sun screens can damage your suit. Wash in cold water with mild detergent. Do not dry in the sun as this will just lead to fading of your suit.

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Features

There are a number of features you may see in various designs that can be practical and helpful. Fabric with flexibility or a 4-way stretch can enhance mobility. It can also be forgiving for differing body types and give you some wiggle room for weight gain or loss. Moisture-wicking and quick-drying materials are perfect for the water because they won't get weighed down when they are soaked and they quickly shed the moisture once on dry land and become light and airy again. Additionally, in hot weather when you are sticky and sweaty material that removes the excess water will help your overall comfort and look because your fabric won't awkwardly stick to your skin.

Along with sweating, materials infused with anti-odor technologies are a lifesaver so you can play all day in the hot sun and in and out of the lake or ocean and not have to worry about giving off a pungent scent. They will help keep you fresh all day and into the night so you can enjoy endless summer fun.

Storage is always a nice feature to keep your valuables on your person. Mesh pockets that won't hold water and allow for fast and easy drainage are practical. Zip pockets should you carry some cards or change will keep those pennies from falling out. Ultimate comfort features in the design such as scalloped leg construction will help tremendously improve mobility.

Many fabrics allow for breathability and airflow as well as have anti-microbial technologies to keep them healthy and clean on your skin. some material these days is made from recycled materials for more sustainable construction. Don't knock the materials as being subpar either, you really can't tell the difference in these or other materials and they will have similar durabilities and strengths.

Frequently Asked Questions

q: How can you determine your skin tone?
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With a simple piece of single white paper, you can determine the tone of your skin. Hold the paper to your skin and look at it in good lighting to determine how you compare to the stark white paper. If your skin has a yellowish, greenish, or light brown hue you can determine you are most likely in the warmer category. Pinks, rosiness, and blue hues put you into the cool tones. If you look gray or ashen, then you are going to be more neutral. You may need to enlist help if you have irritations to your skin like rosacea or acne, or if you are much more tan than your natural tone. In this case, have another person look at the paper as compared to the area of skin that is in the crease behind the ear which is less likely to have irritation or be penetrated by the sun so it can be more true to your natural tone.

Additionally, you should take a look at the veins in your wrists to help. Blue veins and purple looking veins show cool tones while green veins will indicate warm tones. If you can't really tell what the colors are, then it is safe to say you are neutral.

The last factor that can help you determine where you fall on the tone range is the way your skin responds to sun exposure.
If you tan well over burning when you are out in the light you are a warmer tone. Those who always burn and have the worst time trying to get a tan, then you are a cool tone. Darker skin tones that don't tend to burn don't necessarily mean that they are warm. These skin tones can have cool undertones. Neutral skin tones can be a combination of both burning and tanning, although these skin tones will lack olive, yellow, or ruddy skin.

q: How can fabrics be anti-odor?
a:

Modern technologies are finding new ways to develop cutting edge materials and functions. In general, in order to gain anti-odor qualities, materials would be treated with chemicals. Recently, silver and silver-coated fibers are starting to make their way into the fashion world. Still, more work needs to be done with these fibers and potentially other forms of anti-odor fibers as the issue with them is that they can be fussy to work with. They can have limited effectiveness and durability as well as be very difficult to work within manufacturing which can ultimately lead to higher costs. They also pose challenges for some designs due to their lack of flexibility, comfort, and wicking abilities.

Here comes a new era of anti-odor fibers labeled E47 Nano Technology. These fibers appear to be safe and have similar oligodynamic properties that are seen in silver with respect to microbes. These fibers are said to cause an accelerated ion flux through nanoscale particles which work to effectively eliminate microbes and their corresponding nasty odors.

Those fibers that have the E47 technology still can retain their natural components and features such as those associated with polyester or cotton. This makes them an advanced fiber for performance wear and the most interesting part is that with all these benefits they still function well during manufacturing and can maintain the desired look and feel that is necessary for specific pieces of garments to be suitable and comfortable.

q: How much sun protection should you look for to be built into your clothing?
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As long as you are covering your skin you are getting sun protection regardless of the fabric used because fabric itself will block some amount of UV rays from penetrating your skin. Clothing that uses fabrics specifically rated with sun protection using the ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) will differ from standard fabrics in that they will block bothUVA as well as UVB rays. When a piece shows a UPF of 50 that means that it can protect from about 98% of the UV rays. When you are looking for specialized clothing that has specific functionalities such as sun protection built in there is a range that you will find from 15 which is pretty good all the way up to 50+ which is considered to be excellent. The good news about these types of specialized fabrics is that the protection they offer from harmful rays won't wash off so you can continuously wear these garments if cared for properly and obtain all the healthful sun blocking effects.

q: Are there fabrics that offer insect repellent built into the fibers?
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The worst part about enjoying the outdoors and having a relaxing time is being pestered by bugs flying all over the place and stinging you or biting you. Not only is it a nuisance, but it can be a health hazard as well with potential infections of West Nile Virus, Lyme disease, dengue fever, malaria or encephalitis. There are some brands that make lines which have insect repellent in their fabrics. The clothing may be treated with permethrin which is designed specifically for treatment on fabrics. It has proven to be successful at repelling ticks, mosquitoes and plenty of other insects swirling around during the warmer months and in the warmer climates. Permethrin is recommended by the CDC as safe and you can also find this product in a spray form should you want to add it to any other pieces of fabric or clothing that you have which isn't treated already. It can also be applied to fabric that is used in any of your gear.